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Strategies for Blog-Powered Instruction -- Campus Technology - 2 views

  • It's all too easy to fall into the trap of seeing blogs as a substitute for online discussion boards or a new delivery system for traditional academic writing.
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      Faculty support issues arise when they try to use blogs like this. It leads to frustration on the faculty and student's part. 
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    Best practices for using blogs to supplement coursework and enhance student learning.
Emily Rimland

Apple - Education - Apple iPad Learning Lab - 2 views

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    Just learned about this nifty thing and heard that EMS may be getting one? Lots of possibilities with this!
Cole Camplese

Simply Speaking - Teaching and Learning with Technology - 5 views

  • Simply Speaking is a series of brief videos created by Teaching and Learning with Technology that explain technology topics in everyday language and with a little humor. They are modeled after the "... in plain english" videos that explain more general technologies such as Google Docs.
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    "Simply Speaking is a series of brief videos created by Teaching and Learning with Technology that explain technology topics in everyday language and with a little humor. They are modeled after the "... in plain english" videos that explain more general technologies such as Google Docs."
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    A new page to show all of the Simply Speaking videos that we have created over the past couple of years. Other ideas for similar videos like this are in the works, such as one to explain the importance of open educational resources and another talking about the ideas behind flipping a course.
Erin Long

A Survey of the Electronic Portfolio Market Sector: Analysis and Surprising Trends -- C... - 3 views

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    Very good write-up and comparison of several eportfolio options that are out there. Also discusses institution vs student centered, which ones have phone apps, etc.
Emily Rimland

Mobility Shifts :: Conference - 0 views

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    This event wasn't even on my radar, sorry to have missed it. Did anyone from PSU attend? Two of the themes align closely with this year's Summer Camp (classrooms & globalization).
Derek Gittler

Gamers succeed where scientists fail - University of Washington - washington.edu - 0 views

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    Gamers have solved the structure of a retrovirus enzyme whose configuration had stumped scientists for more than a decade. The gamers achieved their discovery by playing Foldit, an online game that allows players to collaborate and compete in predicting the structure of protein molecules.
Emily Rimland

The TOMORROW'S COLLEGE series: Don't Lecture Me - 2 views

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    This was a great radio documentary that aired this Sunday on WPSU. Did anyone else catch it?
    Really great info about how professors are changing the ways they teach, moving away from lectures to techniques like peer instruction even in large classes. I was also excited to hear it mention the classroom idea we are implementing in the Knowledge Commons in the library. A classroom where there is no "front" as another way to change up traditional teaching.
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    Great stuff. Hannah Inzko shared that with me last week before we did an ETS Talk episode about Flipping the Classroom (http://ets.tlt.psu.edu/podcast/ets-talk-63-flipping-the-classroom/)
gary chinn

Think You're An Auditory Or Visual Learner? Scientists Say It's Unlikely : Shots - Heal... - 0 views

  • When he reviewed studies of learning styles, he found no scientific evidence backing up the idea. "We have not found evidence from a randomized control trial supporting any of these," he says, "and until such evidence exists, we don't recommend that they be used."

    Willingham suggests it might be more useful to figure out similarities in how our brains learn, rather than differences. And, in that case, he says, there's a lot of common ground. For example, variety. "Mixing things up is something we know is scientifically supported as something that boosts attention," he says, adding that studies show that when students pay closer attention, they learn better.

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    along with the whole generational differences in learning (netgen, etc) angle, learning styles have always seemed suspect. perhaps it's the way it has been communicated, but regardless I thought this story was an interesting one.
Cole Camplese

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning | In "Piglet mode?" Break open a New Fac... - 4 views

  • I thought my husband was a little crazy the day he bought bags and bags of emergency preparedness items for our home. We’re talking flashlights, a solar/battery/wind-up weather radio, bandages, blankets…you name it…all tucked into the closet under our stairs.
  • I tell that story because I think it’s applicable to new faculty. New faculty get thrown into the day-to-day course prep, research, advising, working with students, committee work, etc. and they don’t have time to prepare for the unexpected. Whether the unexpected is a minor flesh wound or a storm that damages nearby neighborhoods, new faculty may not be ready for those circumstances.
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    Really smart idea ... might be worth considering as a partnership between TLT and Schreyer Institute?
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    It's a creative idea. It reminds me of the finals week survival kits that parents could buy for their kids (through Residence Life). I like that it includes key phone numbers and a dry erase marker.
Erin Long

Teaching with the Cloud -- Campus Technology - 3 views

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    He demonstrated the cloud-based SlideRocket slide-show tool and the CoverItLive live blogging software. He explored cloud-based storage with Dropbox and Pogoplug. He created an easy, cloud-based recording with Screencast-O-Matic, which is billed as "the original online screen recorder. He demonstrated the cloud-based mind-mapping application Mindmeister. And he explored advanced classroom applications of Google Earth.
Emily Rimland

Wolfram Launches PDF Killer - 0 views

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    "Created by Wolfram Research, makers of the Wolfram Alpha computational search engine, the Computable Document Format (CDF) enables users to interact with online documents, input their own data, and generate results, live."
    Wonder if these will be usable on e-readers?
gary chinn

Interactive Whiteboard Meets the iPad | MindShift - 2 views

  • Kim told me he wants to enable anyone to build their own portfolio of educational content – to build hundreds of Khan Academies. That’s a goal that puts teacher- and student-generated content at the center of education, one enabled by a simple, but smoothly functioning app — all on a portable device.
  • At the same time as many educators are rethinking the hardware involved with instruction, some are rethinking other ways in technology can change the classroom. Some are experimenting with the “flipped classroom” — the idea, made quite famous lately thanks to Khan Academy, that videotaped instruction can be assigned as homework, while in-class time can be used for more personalized remediation, for collaboration among teachers and students, and for the types of exercises that have typically been seen as homework.

    A new app taps into both of these phenomena: bringing an interactive whiteboard-like experience to the iPad and to the Web and making it easy for iPad owners to create their own instructional videos.

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    very interesting development. we've been holding off on ipads in engineering because of a lack of streamlined screencasting workflow. I wonder if other example-heavy STEM disciplines at PSU (chem, math, stats, etc) might be interested in a pilot of some kind?
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    I'm having conversations along these lines on several fronts. I asked Hannah to look into a system that could replicate the Kahn Academy stuff. Carol McQuiggan has some faculty who are interested in the model. Chris Lucas and I may talk about it as well, related to creating open training resources. I've also brought Chris Millet into the mix because this could line up with some of the work he is doing with lecture capture (not capturing lectures per se, but a lot of the software options have the ability to let faculty create screen capture tutorials and have them automatically upload to a server along with their voice annotation.
gary chinn

News: 'Now You See It' - Inside Higher Ed - 2 views

  • Q: What are some of the ways that you've applied ideas and research about attention and learning in your own classroom?

    A: I rarely lecture anymore. I structure my classes now with each unit led by two students, who are responsible for researching and assigning texts and writing assignments and who then are charged with grading those assignments. The next week, two other students become our peer leaders. Students learn the fine art of giving and receiving feedback and learning from one another. I structure midterms as collaborative “innovation challenges,” an incredibly difficult exercise which is also the best way of intellectually reviewing the course material I’ve ever come up with. In other words, more and more I insist on students’ taking responsibility for their learning and communicating their ideas to the general public using social media.

  • If you want to learn more, you can find syllabuses and blogs on both the HASTAC and the DMLCentral site. I posted about “This Is Your Brain on the Internet” and “Twenty-First Century Literacies.” I also led a forum on interactive pedagogy in large lecture classes.
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    haven't read the book, but it might have some good stuff...
gary chinn

On the Benefits of Lectures - Brainstorm - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 1 views

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    this topic seems to come up every year, but at least this story is tied to a study. the comments are actually pretty interesting. might turn into a decent conversation.
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